October 15, 2020

Young Helps Secure Joint Hypersonics Transition Office in Indiana to Boost National Security

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today joined Governor Eric Holcomb, officials from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and other Indiana leaders to announce the establishment of a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office in Indiana at Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane. 


“The Department of Defense is realizing what so many around our state have long understood, that critical work occurring around Indiana is shaping the future of our national security. This is further evidenced by today’s news that the DoD is locating the new Joint Hypersonic Transition Office right here in Indiana. While legislative language that we secured in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act set the conditions for today’s announcement, I am especially grateful to the hard working Hoosiers whose efforts brought this home. I look forward to working with our partners around the state as this office is established and Indiana’s leadership role is solidified,” said Senator Young. 


Senator Young secured language in the National Defense Authorization Act that directed the establishment of a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office and called for coordination between DoD and universities like Notre Dame, Purdue, and Indiana University that are focused on hypersonic research and development. This coordination will expedite the transition of hypersonic technologies from the lab to the battlefield, and help America outpace adversaries like China who are working to develop similar technologies. 


“In the coming decades the challenge of securing and defending America will increase, and dangers that have long been in the distant future are now today’s pacing threats. We no longer have the advantages of time, and the decisions we make today will establish the foundation for a successful national defense for years to come,” Senator Young added. “The development, production, and fielding of emerging technologies, including hypersonics, will be a long process that will better equip our men and women in uniform to match the capabilities of our strategic competitors. That’s why the creation of a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office in Indiana is critical to America’s national security.”